Before he connected with a Chris Lambert fastball in the third inning of Tuesday night's 10-4 win over the Tigers and sent it sailing over the left-field wall, Carroll liked to joke that he was sitting at nine and a half homers.
"Raul Ibanez robbed me of a home run in Seattle one time," Carroll said. "When you only have nine home runs, that's hard to swallow."
Carroll's homer on Tuesday was his first since Aug. 11, 2007, when he was a member of the Rockies. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Carroll rounded the bases nonchalantly, but Kelly Shoppach, waiting on deck and about to homer himself, raised his arms in triumph.
"I was more pumped than he was," Shoppach said.
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.